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Summary

  1. More news, sport, travel and weather tomorrow at 08:00
  2. Updates for Thursday 5 March 2015

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Farewell as we end today's round-up of events across Merseyside. Join us tomorrow for more news, sport, travel and weather!

Cloudy with a chance of drizzle

Eno Eruotor

Weather presenter, North West Tonight

It will stay cloudy this evening and overnight with some drizzle.

weather chart
BBC

Turning breezy but it will be frost-free by dawn with temperatures at 4C. It will continue to be cloudy and breezy with the odd spot of rain possible. But feeling milder at 12C.

New bus station for Kirkby

A new bus station in Kirkby is set to go ahead, Merseytravel has said, despite delays with the planned retail development after Tesco withdrew their plans.

Artist's impression
Merseytravel

The new station will cost in the region of £1.5m and will see the current station , which is more than 20 years old, replaced with a new modern facility.

Evening news

Annabel Tiffin

Presenter, North West Tonight

On tonight's programme, we look at a new Liverpool Tate exhibition about the surreal life of Lancashire-born artist Leonora Carrington, who became a national treasure in Mexico.

Plus, Liverpool heptathlete Katarina Johnson-Thompson says she's aiming to win her first major title at the European Indoor Championships in Prague tomorrow.

Shed of the Year

Jodie Smith

BBC News

For the last nine years,

Shed of the Year has been celebrating Britain's sheds and showcasing the best, and quirkiest, examples of the commonplace structures.

The Hobbit House shed in Merseyside
PA
The Hobbit House in Merseyside is also among this year's entries

The Hobbit House in Merseyside is among this year's entries.

Councils set taxes for year ahead

Council tax

will rise by 2% in both St Helens and Halton after councillors approved their budgets for the next financial year.

Central government funding will also fall by £13.8m and £11m for St Helens and Halton respectively.

Knowsley Council added it would freeze council tax but lose 120 jobs when it introduces the living wage for 700 low-paid council workers in October.

Slow traffic on M62 westbound

BBC Travel

BBC Travel

There is slow traffic on the M62 westbound with one lane closed at junction six towards the M57 (Tarbock Island), because of an accident and recovery work.

Striker's Owen inspiration

BBC Sport

Everton striker Chris Long, 20, celebrated the first goals of his loan spell at Brentford by revealing he dragged up memories of Michael Owen to help him finish the chances,

the Gossip column reports.

Chris Long
Getty Images

Meanwhile, Liverpool are considering making a move for Sporting Lisbon midfielder William Carvalho, 22, after a setback in their attempts to sign £37m-rated Miralem Pjanic, 24, from Roma.

Anfield charity match planned

BBC Radio Merseyside

Luis Suarez will return to Anfield later this month along with a host of former Liverpool players and other international names for a unique charity match.

Liverpool kop
Getty Images

The game, organised by the Liverpool FC Foundation, will see Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher each captain a side they have selected.

Among those who've confirmed their availability for the game on 29 March include Suarez, Fernando Torres, Pepe Reina, Xabi Alonso, Thierry Henry, John Terry and Didier Drogba.

BREAKING NEWS

Arrowe Park Hospital is

now admitting ambulances after they were diverted earlier following a power cut.

Arrowe Park
BBC

It has asked people not to visit A&E unless they have been referred by a GP but the maternity unit is open.

News on the hour

Megan Key

BBC Radio Merseyside

Nine people have now been arrested as part of the investigation into the murder of a teenager in south Liverpool.

Police officers raided properties in Wavertree and Toxteth this morning - and have seized what's thought to be class A and B drugs.

Bogus advert gang sued victims

Paul Burnell

BBC News

Three conmen

have been jailed for a £4.5m fraud selling bogus advertising space to small companies who were taken to court if they did not pay up.

Paul Good, Darryl Shellard and Lee Doran
Merseyside Police

Paul Good, 53, and Darryl Shellard, 45, both from Liverpool were convicted of fraud and jailed for eight and seven years each.

Lee Doran, 45, of Huyton was sentenced to 16 months for admitting fraud.

Merseyside Police said one businessman even lost his home as a result of the scam.

Ferguson sings the blues

Mark Savage

Entertainment reporter

Rebecca Ferguson and Billie Holliday
Getty Images

Rebecca Ferguson

has told the BBC revisiting Billie Holiday's back catalogue for her new album taught her discipline and humility.

The Liverpool singer said the project took on personal significance after she had a "year of loss and sadness".

Hillsborough latest

Ben Schofield

BBC Radio Merseyside

A former police inspector who climbed on to the roof of the turnstiles at Hillsborough was 'convinced' that opening exit gates to allow fans into the ground was 'the right course of action', a jury has heard.

John Bennett told the Hillsborough inquests opening the gates 'was the only way to recover from the situation'.

He said fans caught in a crush outside feared 'serious injury or worse'.

A fan who survived a crush on the terraces also spoke about saying goodbye to his family before falling unconscious in the crowd.

Reading room

Julia Bryson

BBC Local Live

I walked past this reading station at the heart of Liverpool One earlier. The tree trunks house bookshelves an passers-by are encouraged to read and return or exchange the books on display.

Book swap area
BBC

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News on the hour

Megan Key

BBC Radio Merseyside

Nine people have now been arrested as part of the investigation into the murder of a teenager in south Liverpool.

The eight adults and a teenager were detained in raids on eight properties in Wavertree and Toxteth this morning.

Ex-Morrisons worker to stand trial

Pritti Mistry

BBC News

A senior Morrisons employee accused of abusing his position to fraudulently disclose personal employee data at the supermarket chain is to stand trial on 13 July.

Morrisons store, Enfield
BBC

Andrew Skelton, 43, of Water Street, Liverpool, pleaded not guilty to three charges at Bradford Crown Court.

Lane closed on M62

One lane has been closed and there is slow traffic due to an accident on the M62 westbound at junction 6 M57/Knowsley Expressway (Tarbock Island).

'Little Apple' flashmob planned

Jimmy McCracken

BBC Radio Merseyside

A Liverpool-based Chinese dancer is leading a world record attempt this weekend with a flashmob dance.

Flashmob practice
BBC

Fenfen Huang is organising a performance in Clayton Square on Saturday to the tune of "Little Apple" by The Chopstick Brothers.

The song is China's own version of the Gangnam-style routine and it's sweeping across Asia. The flash mob dance will take place at 12.30 but if you want to join in, then get there by midday.

Football's deadliest sins

Libby Dawes

BBC Sport

Former Liverpool striker Luis Suarez became infamous for his on-pitch biting incidents, which in 2014 landed him with a long ban. BBC Sport is asking

what is the worst offence a player can commit during a match?

Jonny Evans, Zidance headbutt and Luis Suarez bite
Getty Images

It comes after an alleged spitting confrontation between two players during last night's match between Newcastle and Manchester United.

Nine held in police raids

Tom Mullen

BBC News

Nine people have now been arrested for drug-related offences following

raids by police investigating the murder of Liverpool teenager Kevin Wilson.

Police raids in Liverpool
Merseyside Police

Officers raided nine properties in Wavertree and Toxteth in a crackdown on gun and gang crime, potentially connected to the shooting of the 17-year-old in Wavertree a month ago.

Police have also recovered what are believed to be drugs and "a large amount of cash".

News on the hour

Megan Key

BBC Radio Merseyside

A Liverpool fan who survived the crush at Hillsborough has described the moment he said goodbye to his family and slipped unconscious.

Stephen Williams has been giving evidence to the new inquests into the disaster, where he said he believed he was going to die.

Warrington's £190k windfall

BBC Sport

Warrington Town's 2014-15 FA Cup run

made them around 70% more than their income for the whole of the previous season, new figures have revealed.

Warrington Town fans
Getty Images

By far the biggest chunk of this came from their televised ties against Exeter and Gateshead. Warrington's turnover for the 2013-14 season was £115,000. They made £190,000 from their FA Cup run alone in 2014-15.

Hospital power cut: Round-up

Rumeana Jahangir

BBC News

Here's the latest from Arrowe Park hospital, where a major incident has been declared due to a power cut.

Arrowe Park hospital
Other

Some operations have been cancelled at the Wirral hospital, which is using an emergency generator. Ambulances are being diverted as a precaution.

Did you know...?

Tom Mullen

BBC News

Liverpool remain the only unbeaten team in the Premier League in 2015.

Liverpool vs Burnley 2015
Getty Images

News on the hour

Megan Key

BBC Radio Merseyside

The police are questioning seven people arrested as part of the investigation into the murder of a teenager in south Liverpool.

The six adults and a teenager were detained in raids on eight properties in Wavertree and Toxteth this morning. Officers - who're searching parks and playing fields in the area - have also seized what are thought to be class A and B drugs.

Hillsborough inquests

Ben Schofield

BBC Radio Merseyside

The Hillsborough inquests have now heard from a survivor who believed he was going to die in the crush.

The 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster
other

Liverpool fan Stephen Williams told the Warrington hearing how "I decided to close my eyes and said goodbye to my family".

Mr Williams said he "knew I was not going to get out of there". The next thing he knew was hearing "this one's alive".

Liverpool Phil marks 175 years

Classic FM is planning a special day of broadcasting live from Liverpool next Thursday to mark the 175th anniversary year of the founding of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.

Philharmonic Hall
Richard Hoare / Geograph

A day of programmes will be broadcast from the city's John Moores University, culminating in a live show from the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall at 20:00.

Coming up

Carole Lowe

Presenter, North West Tonight

We'll bring you more on the power cut at Arrowe Park Hospital in Wirral.

Hospital bosses have been forced to suspend operations and divert ambulances to other accident units due to a power supply problem. They are asking people not to use the A&E department or visit the hospital unless absolutely necessary.

Join me for more on BBC One at 13:35.

Council to axe 120 jobs

Jimmy McCracken

BBC Radio Merseyside

Knowsley Council is to lose 120 jobs in an effort to free up cash in other areas, councillors have revealed.

Job losses
Thinkstock

During last night's budget meeting they agreed to freeze council tax, introduce the living wage and make other investments in areas such as social care services.

The council says it is hopeful the number of compulsory redundancies can be minimised through redeployment, early retirement, voluntary redundancy and the deletion of vacant posts.

News on the hour

Graham Whyte

BBC Radio Merseyside

Three Merseyside men have been jailed for selling non-existing advertising space to small companies and then threatening court action if they didn't pay up.

They claimed to be police officers from other emergency services and raked in more than £4.5m over a seven-year period.

Take the football quiz

Tom Mullen

BBC News

Which Liverpool striker has scored the most goals this season? What was the score when Everton played Arsenal earlier this season?

Take the BBC's sports quiz.

Liverpool strikers
Getty Images

Arrowe Park power cut

Julia Bryson

BBC Local Live

A major incident has been declared at Arrowe Park Hospital after a problem with the internal power supply led to operations being cancelled.

Arrowe Park Hospital
BBC

A spokesperson said patients on the wards were being cared for as normal, as an emergency power-generator is in use.

However, several clinics have been cancelled and ambulances are being diverted to other hospitals as a precaution. Visitors are being advised to stay away until the problem is resolved.

We will bring you more as we have it.

Maiden journey for electric train

Graham Whyte

BBC Radio Merseyside

Passengers made the first journeys on an electric train between Liverpool Lime Street and Manchester Airport this morning.

Liverpool Lime Street
Geograph

The 06:16 service from Liverpool was the first train to use the newly electrified route following the completion of work by Network Rail.

It's the latest milestone in the major programme of work to electrify 200 miles of railway across the North West.

News on the hour

Graham Whyte

BBC Radio Merseyside

A man has been arrested in Scotland on suspicion of carrying out a sexual assault in Daresbury last summer.

It comes after a woman in her early 20s said she was assaulted during the Creamfields festival.

Martinez: 'We must stick together'

BBC Sport

Everton manager Roberto Martinez has called for a sense of unity at the club as the Toffees' struggling season continued with

a humbling 2-0 defeat at Stoke last night.

Roberto Martinez
Getty Images

The Blues boss said: "We have 10 games and we will treat them as finals. We are in this situation for many reasons but we are looking forward and up to get as high up in the table as we can.

"For everyone at the club, it's the moment to get together and make sure we finish the season strongly. We need bit of luck and momentum but it's not been that type of season."

Man held over Creamfields 'assault'

BBC Radio Merseyside

Cheshire Police say that a man has been arrested in Scotland on suspicion of carrying out a sexual assault in Daresbury last summer.

Officers say a woman in her early 20s said she was assaulted during the Creamfields festival.

Hadron Collider ready for restart

Jonathan Webb

Science reporter, BBC News

Tara Shears, a particle physics professor from the University of Liverpool, has described her excitement ahead of the Large Hadron Collider's latest experiment.

inside the CMS experiment
BBC

The machine is gearing up for its revamped second run, hurling particles together with more energy than ever before.